About Us

About Us

The Down Syndrome Centre was founded by Peter Gaw and his wife, Mary as a result of their frustration at not being able to access relevant services for their two youngest children, both of whom have Down syndrome.

Our charity has been around for a few years and, in October 2014, we were finally able to open the doors to Ireland's first (and only) services-led centre for children with Down syndrome and their families. 


The centre is currently in Phase One where the following services are being provided:

·         SKIP (an early intervention programme)

·         Speech & Language Therapy sessions

·         Occupational Therapy sessions

·         Team 21 Tots (our parent and baby class)

·         Seminars

·         Family resource room

·         Online advisory panel.


Phase Two will see the introduction of  various other activities and services relevant to the Down syndrome community with the goal of serving more and more families in Ireland. 

To find out more about the services we provide click here.

We'd also recommend checking out our Facebook page where we have built a group of just under 73,000 followers. The Facebook page echoes our organisation's positivity and pro-active approach to helping our service-users.


The Down Syndrome Centre receives no government support. As a direct result, all of our initiatives are dependent on goodwill and gifts from our supporters, corporate bodies and the public at large to continue our vital work. If you would like to support our charity click here.